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UPDATE: Bangkok protesters mass at the front of Government House, earlier PM addresses nation

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UPDATE: The protesters announced that the rally would end and disperse peacefully at 9.35pm. They wrapped up the gathering after delivering a symbolic letter of demand for the prime minister’s resignation at the front of Government House. Apart from some earlier scuffles with police around 7pm, there were no major incidents this evening.

EARLIER: Happening at Bangkok’s Government House around 9pm…

Protesters started arriving around 7.30pm, again demanding the PM’s resignation, and even had a letter prepared for him to sign, PM Prayut was not at Government Hose at the time. Protesters continued to amass at the front of Government House after breaking through a police cordon at Urupong Intersection. Earlier they gathered at the Victory Monument roundabout (and BTS station).

Police have blocked off the entrance to Government House with 2 public buses, barbed wire and police dressed in riot gear that have been shipped in from Saraburi Province. Protesters are already preparing for a potential confrontation and are dressing in raincoats, hardhats, goggles and armed with umbrellas, presumably in anticipation of another spray from the water cannons. They continue to shout “Prayut, get out!” Protest leaders are also calling on the growing crowd to remain “chilled” and not resort to violence.

“If he won’t resign, we won’t go home.”

Behind the 2 buses there are also the high powered water cannons which were used against protesters last Friday night at the Prathunwan intersection in central Bangkok. Despite the calls for the continuation of a peaceful protest, both sides appear ready for some conflict this evening. Earlier protesters were demanding the release of some of the movement leaders who continue to be arrested with an array of charges, some still in detention in prisons north of the city.

The Prime Minister appeared on television tonight at 7pm and committed to the Thai people to help resolve the current impasse between the widening protest movement and the Government. He went on to say that his government “is prepared to withdraw emergency rules banning large gatherings in Bangkok” if the growing protest movement “remains peaceful”.

“At this point, we all need to take a step back, to step back from the brink, away from the path that would plunge Thailand into disaster.”

PM Prayut did no address the issue of the demands for his resignation.

An emergency session of Parliament has been scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday where opposition parties say they will challenge the government coalition to address the demands of the protesters, including the tetchy issue of reforming the role of the Thai monarchy.

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    Al

    October 21, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Keep it peaceful as have been done so far. If there are any agent provocateurs sliding in amongst them, they will do their best to kick off anything to provide bad press from the usual presstitute TV and websites.
    Anybody starts making trouble move away from them and point the culprits out to the cops. Take photos videos for back up.
    Good luck to the righteous protesters! 😉

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    murika

    October 21, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    this time could be the last chance for Thailand to get rid of dictatorship and vote their entry back into democracy, as an expat living here for 13 years, i also think of myself giving a last chance for Thailand to get out of hell, if it don’t happen in the next couple of years, I’ll sell my house and move, i can’t live happy in such a state corrupt environment, we need justice and equal chance for all, not this daily lies and shameful farce of government, Thailand could become the best place in the world with the right people in charge, or it could turn much much worst with the same one in power

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      B.T.

      October 22, 2020 at 2:07 am

      You are ight,but unfortunately Thailand history is full of bad things.The feudal clans want status quo.Military and police are small tools .They can loot a bit but will maintain feudal order at all costs.
      Hope it is last time…

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        TS

        October 22, 2020 at 8:03 am

        As long as the army is instructed by ___ to back Thailand’s beloved dictator, he’ll hang tuff. When he’s told to leave, another appointed ‘temporary’ suit will take over. You know, to maintain ‘peace and order’ for the good of the country.

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    Toby Andrews

    October 21, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    How long can this PM continue to ignore these calls to go?
    Either resign or call a government election.
    Otherwise you will suffer a corruption charge, post bail, keep your passport, and escape to join the Thaxins.

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    preesy chepuce

    October 21, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    “It’s the economy, stupid”; people have no work, and no hope, so they protest. There are no bread and circuses to keep them distracted. Violence on the streets of Bangkok is bad for the economy, tourism, and investment.

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    John

    October 22, 2020 at 12:39 am

    Red shirts(communists) vs yellow shirts(royalists). Thailand better realize what’s happening, and crush the the western backed commies just like China did in HK.

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      Somtam

      October 22, 2020 at 3:09 pm

      You are saying that China – a country with communist government – crushed western backed communists in Hongkong? Interesting logic, to say the least.

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    Sam

    October 22, 2020 at 5:17 am

    What goes around comes around. PM O’Chan used to ask Taksin to resign, and now it is his turn…

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    brian

    October 22, 2020 at 8:59 am

    The footage of ‘yellow shirt’ troops arriving in lorries then lining up in ranks was hilarious, just how stupid do they think people are? At least they could look like a crowd, they need new leaders as well!

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    Fabian

    October 22, 2020 at 9:01 am

    “Let us respect the law and parliamentary democracy'”, said Prayut while addressing the nation yesterday. That means just one thing: he should resign. That’s the only way to respect the democracy.

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Court acquits PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, allowing him to stay on at military residence

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha will be staying in office and at his military residence. Bangkok’s Constitutional Court ruled today that the prime minister and former Thai general and commander of the Thai Army has not violated the charter by occupying a military-owned residence. The court says under military regulations, former officers can remain at their Army residence after their retirement at the discretion of the Thai Army commander.

Pro-democracy protesters have been pushing on Prayut to resign since July, along with calling for a rewrite of the 2017 Constitution together with reform of the government and role of the monarchy. Recently, Prayut was accused of violating the Constitution by staying at an official Army residence, rent-free, after his ‘retirement’ as General Prayut in 2014. Some say the tenancy represents a conflict of interest and the prime minister was abusing his power. A guilty ruling would’ve potentially put an end to his premiership.

Sections 184 and 186 of the Thai Constitution forbid a government minister from “receiving any special money or benefit from a government agency, state agency or state enterprise apart from that given by the government agency, state agency or state enterprise to other persons in the ordinary course of business.”

Prayut told the court that he was staying at the residence at the First Infantry Battalion of Royal Guards because his home in Baan Phitsanulok was being renovated and that his security team suggested he live at the Army residence for safety, a source told Nation Thailand.

Similar housing has been provided to former Army chiefs who are now members of the Cabinet, Privy Council and Parliament, according to the Royal Thai Army. They add that the residence was provided to Prayut because the prime minister “deserves the honour and security it provides.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Thai Airways to resume flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Phuket

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After nearly 9 months on the ground due to the coronavirus pandemic, along with problems balancing their accounts, Thai Airways will resume flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai as well as Bangkok and Phuket later this month. The flights will start back up on Christmas day.

Flights from Bangkok to the 2 key tourist provinces have been grounded since April 1. Starting December 25, the airline will run 3 flights a week on both routes. A source told the Bangkok Post that the new schedules will run until at least February 28.

Thai Lion Air, Thai Air Asia, Nok Air, Thai Smile, VietJet Air and Bangkok Airways have returned to the domestic skies since July and slowly adding frequency to their routes.

In addition to resuming the domestic flights, the Thai Airways is relaunching some international flights from January 1 to March 27 including weekly flights to Frankfurt, London, Copenhagen, Sydney, Seoul, Manila, Taipei and Osaka. Flights from Bangkok to Tokyo will be available 3 times a week and flights from Bangkok to Hong Kong will be available every day.

Thai Airways has been tackling bankruptcy throughout the lockdown and trying to make up for more than 300 billion baht in losses. Since many flights were suspended due to travel restrictions, Thai Airways has tried to make money by business ventures on the ground, like a pop-up restaurant serving in-flight meals and selling off unwanted equipment from their warehouse. There also disposing of much of their older fleet, including all of their Boring 747-400s.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Court to deliver verdict on PM’s military residence this afternoon

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Security is expected to be extremely tight at Bangkok’s Constitutional Court today, as the ruling in the matter of the PM’s residence is delivered. Prayut Chan-o-cha is accused of violating army rules by occupying a military residence rent-free, despite having retired from the army in 2014. Critics say his tenancy represents a conflict of interest. Should the court agree with them, it will spell the end of his premiership, something pro-democracy protesters have been calling for since July.

Thai PBS World reports that the court has issued a statement to confirm that only approved parties will be allowed in the courtroom, including the PM, the complainant, and relevant lawyers and officials. The case was brought earlier this year, following a request from the leader of the Pheu Thai opposition party, Sompong Amornwiwat. The court has confirmed the verdict will be broadcast on its You Tube channel from around 3pm, meaning the public can watch it live.

Bangkok authorities are apprehensive about potential unrest should some parties disagree with the court’s findings. Piya Tavichai from the Metropolitan Police Bureau has confirmed that hundreds of police officers will be on duty, in and around the court buildings, with the front entrance already sealed off. A planned rally by the anti-government protest group, Ratsadon, has now been switched to the Lad Phrao Intersection, in the Chatuchak district of the capital.

We’ll all know the decision around 3pm this afternoon.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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